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General Instruction of the Roman Missal

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General Instruction
of the Roman Missal

Including Adaptations
for the Dioceses of the United States of America


Concordat cum originali:

Msgr. James Patrick Moroney

Executive Director, Secretariat for the Liturgy

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The English translation of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (Third Typical Edition) © 2002, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright holder.

This text is confirmed for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America. Persons from other nations should consult the local Episcopal Conference regarding the appropriate text for their nation.

 

Contents

Foreword to This Edition
Decree of Confirmation
Decree of Publication

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Preamble
A Witness to Unchanged Faith
A Witness to Unbroken Tradition
Accommodation to New Conditions

Chapter 1
The Importance and Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration

Chapter II
The Structure of the Mass, Its Elements and Its Parts

                                I.            The General Structure of the Mass

                             II.            The Different Elements of the Mass

Reading and Explaining the Word of God

The Prayers and Other Parts Pertaining to the Priest

The Other Formulas in the Celebration

The Vocal Expression of the Different Texts

The Importance of Singing

Movements and Posture

Silence

III.                                    The Individual Parts of the Mass

     A.                                    The Introductory Rites

The Entrance

Greeting of the Altar and of the People Gathered Together

The Act of Penitence

The Kyrie Eleison

The Gloria

The Collect

     B.                                    The Liturgy of the Word

Silence

The Biblical Readings

The Responsorial Psalm

The Homily

The Profession of Faith

The Prayer of the Faithful

     C.                                    The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Preparation of the Gifts

The Prayer over the Offerings

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Communion Rite

The Lord's Prayer

The Rite of Peace

The Fraction

Communion

     D.                                    The Concluding Rites

Chapter III
The Duties and Ministries in the Mass

  1. The Duties of Those in Holy Orders
  2. The Duties of the People of God
  3. Particular Ministries

The Ministry of the Instituted Acolyte and Lector

Other Ministries

  1. The Distribution of Duties and the Preparation of the Celebration

Chapter IV
The Different Forms of Celebrating Mass

The Articles to Be Prepared

The Introductory Rites

The Liturgy of the Word

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Concluding Rites

B.                                                            Mass with a Deacon

The Introductory Rites

The Liturgy of the Word

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Concluding Rites

C.                                                            The Duties of the Acolyte

The Introductory Rites

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

D.                                                            The Duties of the Lector

Introductory Rites

The Liturgy of the Word

The Introductory Rites

The Liturgy of the Word

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Manner of Speaking the Eucharistic Prayer

Eucharistic Prayer I, that is, The Roman Canon

Eucharistic Prayer II

Eucharistic Prayer III

Eucharistic Prayer IV

The Communion Rite

The Concluding Rites

The Introductory Rites

The Liturgy of the Word

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Concluding Rites

Veneration of the Altar and the Book of the Gospels

Genuflections and Bows

Incensation

The Purification

Communion under Both Kinds

Chapter V
The Arrangement and Furnishing of Churches for the Celebration of the Eucharist

  1. General Principles

The Altar and Its Appointments

The Ambo

The Chair for the Priest Celebrant and Other Seats

The Places for the Faithful

The Place for the Choir and the Musical Instruments

The Place for the Reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist

Sacred Images

Chapter VI
The Requisites for the Celebration of Mass

  1. The Bread and Wine for Celebrating the Eucharist
  2. Sacred Furnishings in Genera
  3. Sacred Vessels
  4. Sacred Vestments
  5. Other Things Intended for Church Use

Chapter VII
The Choice of the Mass and Its Parts

  1. The Choice of Mass
  2. The Choice of Mass Texts

The Readings

The Orations

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Chants

Chapter VIII
Masses and Prayers for Various Circumstances and Masses for the Dead

  1. Masses and Prayers for Various Circumstances and Masses for the Dead
  2. Masses for the Dead

Chapter IX
Adaptations Within the Competence of Bishops and Bishops' Conferences

Index to This Edition

 


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